Rolls-Royce`s preliminary results for 1998 have shown record profits following the sale of its transmission and distribution business last year to VA Tech Elin and the associated focus on its core businesses. Profit before tax was up 18 per cent at £325m ($527m) on sales of core products of £4326m, up ten per cent from 1997. It said electricity deregulation has stimulated demand for its gas turbines.
One of the largest bushings in the world has been delivered to Shenyang Transformers by Rolls-Royce, UK. The 1,100-kV bushing will be used in a single-phase test transformer for ultra-high voltage transmission research. The bushing, 7.3 meters tall, entered service in March. It is used to carry high-voltage conductors through an earthen barrier, such as a wall or metal tank. It provides electrical insulation for the rated voltage and for service over-voltages while serving as a mechanical suppor
The Rolls-Royce industrial Trent development engine program is continuing on schedule with all results confirming or exceeding design expectations, according to a Rolls-Royce spokesman. The Trent made its inaugural run in September at the test facility in Montreal, Canada. The program is now proving the engine`s operation and controls and commissioning the new test bed`s auxiliary and data acquisition systems.